Report: During the ongoing 7 year old Syrian war, the international report counts 336 chemical attacks with 98% of the attacks being executed by the Assad regime.
• According to the GPPI report, most of the chemical attacks took place after Obama declared the use of chemical weapons as crossing a “red line” for the U.S. administration.
By Neta Bar
The Syrian regime under President Bashar Assad has perpetrated over 300 discrete attacks using chemical weapons during the seven-year Syrian war, according to a new report by the Berlin-based Global Public Policy Institute published on Sunday.
The report, titled “Nowhere to Hide: the Logic of Chemical Weapons use in Syria,” states that GPPI researchers had found clear evidence of “336 chemical weapons attacks over the course of the Syrian civil war – significantly more than has commonly been known.” Continue Reading »
Two men with Syrian passports nabbed on suspicions of transporting ‘explosives & toxic gases’ in Geneva, possibly for an attack on the UN headquarters.
By Arutz Sheva Staff
Swiss authorities said Saturday that two people of Syrian origin had been arrested on suspicion of transporting “explosives and toxic gases” as part of a probe into a terror threat.
United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (file) – Thinkstock
The two suspects arrested Friday are accused of the “manufacture, concealment and transport of explosives and toxic gases,” the federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
They are also under suspicion of violating Swiss law prohibiting “groups like Al Qaeda, Islamic State and similar organisations,” it added. Continue Reading »
The Assad regime used a non-lethal chemical weapon on March 27 on the outskirts of Damascus, an Israeli security source said Monday.
A UN team examining samples from site of August 21 attack in Damascus. – Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Abdullah
The source said he could confirm claims made by Syrian rebels and doctors last month, that a substance was used on rebel fighters in Harasta, an outlying region of the Syrian capital, adding that the chemical “neutralizes but does not kill.” Continue Reading »
West Bank Palestinian Samar al-Barak, intended on training others to use biological weapons, according to the charges in Israel’s military court.
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A Palestinian has been indicted in a military court on suspicion of being an Al-Qaida activist who possessed biological weapons and planned to train other Palestinians in their use.
Fighters from an Al-Qaida-linked group in Mali. Israel is also a target. – Photo: AP
Samar al-Barak was indicted after spending more than three years in administrative detention without trial – a detention the state defended before the High Court of Justice on the grounds that it was essential for security reasons.
Russian President Putin echoes Assad’s explanation as to why Syria developed chemical arms.
Putin also says he cannot be 100% sure Damascus will dispose of all its WMDs.
By News agencies
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday echoed comments by Syrian President Bashar Assad suggesting that Damascus’ chemical weapons arsenal is in fact a response to Israel’s alleged nuclear project.
Russian President Vladimir Putin – Screenshot
Speaking to journalists in Russia, Putin remarked that Syria’s chemical weapons were created as an “alternative” to Israel’s nuclear weapons. “Israel has technological supremacy and does not require nuclear arms,” he said.
He expressed optimism when asked whether he trusts Assad to fulfill Russia’s plan for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons and avoid a US strike. Continue Reading »
A Saudi newspaper has reported the Syrian gov’t is smuggling their chemical weapons to Hizbullah using tunnels.
A Saudi newspaper has claimed Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad is using tunnels to smuggle chemical weapons to Hizbullah.
Hezbollah flag – AFP photo
The report by the Al-Watan daily said the regime had made the move to avoid being spotted, moving the deadly weapons before the arrival of int’l inspectors.
Last week, the Syrian regime agreed to a Russian brokered deal to hand over its chemical weapons stock to the international community amid the threat of a U.S. strike on the country. Continue Reading »
American Intelligence officials say they haven’t been able to pinpoint the exact locations of Assad’s supplies of chemical weapons’ depot, assessing that Assad may have moved them in recent days.
The intelligence linking Syrian President Bashar Assad or his inner circle to an alleged chemical weapons attack that killed at least 100 people is no “slam dunk,” U.S. intelligence officials say.
Men search for survivors amid debris of collapsed buildings after what activists said was an air raid by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar Assad in Raqqa province, Syria, August 10, 2013. – Photo: Reuters
President Barack Obama declared unequivocally Wednesday that the Syrian government was responsible, while laying the groundwork for an expected U.S. Continue Reading »
Yaakov Amidror meets with US national security adviser on Tuesday at White House. Obama discusses possible int’l responses to Syrian crisis with Australia’s Prime Minister.
US national security adviser Susan Rice hosted a delegation led by Yaakov Amidror, the chairman of Israel’s National Security Council. The meetings were part of a series of regular high-level bilateral consultations and touched on Iran, Egypt, Syria, and other regional security issues, the White House said.
Are they both watching Israel’s back, or manipulating an agenda detrimental to Israel’s security concerns for American political interests? Susan Rice & John Kerry – Photo: Getty Images
Members of the delegation included Defense Ministry official Amos Gilad, Head of the IDF Planning Division Maj.-Gen. Continue Reading »
British Daily Mail reports how US & British top brass prepare for possible attack in Syria, pointing out targets, including Assad’s air force & key regime facilities.
The British Daily Mail newspaper revealed on Monday the American-British target list in Syria and the forces likely to participate in a military operation – be it a short or a long one – in the torn Arab country.
The favored option among top brass is for limited Western action using ‘stand-off’ weapons from long distance to disrupt Assad’s ability to carry out chemical attacks and damage his military machine, the Daily Mail said. Continue Reading »
Guardian Reports: British warplanes and military transporters have begun arriving at an airbase on Cyprus.
By Elad Benari
In what might indicate that the British army is preparing for an attack on Syria, the Guardian reported on Monday that warplanes and military transporters have begun arriving at Britain’s Akrotiri airbase on Cyprus, less than 100 miles from the Syrian coast.
Two commercial pilots who regularly fly from Larnaca told the Guardian that they had seen C-130 transport planes from their cockpit windows as well as small formations of fighter jets on their radar screens, which they believe had flown from Europe. Continue Reading »
UN hypocrisy is always reaching new heights. This time the UNSC declined to investigate claims of a Syrian chemical weapons massacre.
By Ryan Jones
The United Nations on Wednesday again revealed its true colors when it stopped short of ordering an official probe into charges that the Syrian government had killed hundreds of its own citizens in a chemical weapons attack.
United Nations Security Council – Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons
That decision was especially interesting to Israelis, who are still irked by the UN’s massive and widely-publicized probe into the Gaza War that began in late 2009 after Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorists escalated missile attacks against southern Israel. Continue Reading »
Prime Minister Netanyahu says the Israeli gov’t is operating in a ‘responsible, determined & level-headed’ manner to prevent advanced weapons from reaching the Lebanese terror group.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during a government meeting on Sunday that Israel will prevent advanced weapons from being sent from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon. “The Israeli government is acting in a responsible, determined and level-headed manner in order to guarantee the safety of the citizens of Israel,” he said, “in accordance with the policy we have set of preventing as much as possible” the transfer of advanced weapons to Hezbollah. Continue Reading »
Because Israel allegedly carried out an air raid on Hezbollah’s weapons convoy at Syria’s border with Lebanon earlier this week, Turkey’s FM Ahmet Davutoglu asks: Why didn’t Assad even throw a pebble when Israeli jets were flying over his palace?
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu came out against the alleged Israeli strike on the Syria-Lebanon border earlier this week, as well as criticizing President Bashar Assad’s for inaction over the attack, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reported on Saturday.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. – Photo by AP
The foreign minister, who was traveling to Belgrade, Serbia for an official visit, told reporters, “Why didn’t [Bashar] al-Assad even throw a pebble when Israeli jets were flying over his palace and playing with the dignity of his country?” Continue Reading »